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The E-Sylum: Volume 17, Number 34, August 17, 2014, Article 8


More on Non-Circulating Legal Tender Coinage
Dave Lange writes:

2015 Standard Catalog of World Coins 2001-Date I want to second the comments of Kavan Ratnatunga. I've appealed to various Krause Publications staffers over the years to split all NCLT coins off into their own volume, so that the general catalogs will be limited to "real" coins that actually serve or have served as currency. Unfortunately, it seems that the modern "fantasy" coins are driving the coin market to a large extent. Witness the chaos that prevailed during the ANA convention, as people having no interest in numismatics bought up most of the gold Kennedy Halves to flip for quick profits.

To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see: THE GROWTH OF NON-CIRCULATING LEGAL TENDER COINAGE (

The United Daughters of the Confederacy World War II Cross
Dave Alexander writes:

USA UDC WW II Cross GBs obv cropped A footnote to the excellent review of the United Daughters of the Confederacy World War II Cross. This was designed by the late Chester L. Beach (then of Brewster, NY and New York City). Beach designed such U.S. commemoratives as the Monroe Doctrine, Hudson NY and Hawaiian half dollars. This surviving files are (I believe) at the ANS. Stack's handled the Beach estate's models, sketches, medals a few years ago, catalogued by me. The poor sculptor had more grief, fussing and double-think over the UDC cross than any other commission except the Hawaiian.

To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see: OMSA MEDAL QUIZ ANSWERS (

More on the Silver-Plated 1977 Two Pence

Silver-plated 1872 Newfoundland One Cent
Regarding Philip Mernick's silver-plated 1977 Two Pence coin, Rodrigo de Oliveira Leite writes:

When I saw the silver-plated 1977 British 2 Cent piece from the last edition of the E-Sylum, I remembered a coin that I have in my collection: a 1872 Newfoundland One Cent, that is also silver-plated. I acquired it from a Brazilian Numismatic Association auction about an year ago. In 1872, the Queen Victoria celebrated her 35th anniversary as Queen. Does it have anything to do with the fact that this coin is silver-plated? I don't know the answer, but it's a really interesting item.

Flickr user Ian Sutton writes:

Silver-Plated 1977 Two Pence The Queen's Silver Jubilee was that year (1977). It could be that some plating companies made them to hand out as keepsakes or souvenirs. Some might even have been sold on to tourists :)

To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see: NOTES FROM E-SYLUM READERS: AUGUST 10, 2014 (

Counterfeit "Carolina Gold" Coins

Pioneer gold researcher Dan Owens submitted these notes relating to the counterfeit Bechtler $5 Gold coin mentioned in the July 27, 2014 E-Sylum. Thanks! -Editor

Bechtler counterfeit

In a recent online inventory of rare coin dealer Dave Wnuck was the following counterfeit piece; dealer's description was as follows:

"Circa 1840's, Bechtler $5 Gold Contemporary Counterfeit. Struck in copper with a gold wash. Fine [uncertified]"

Georgia Gold, 128 grains type. Purchased as genuine by a dealer, this coin is a rare but known contemporary territorial gold coin. So unusual that most dealers and advanced collectors have never even seen or laid eyes on one.

I remember coming across a newspaper passage from 1840 that described in detail a similar piece, only it was stamped "Carolina Gold" instead of "Georgia Gold". The coin was struck by a gang of counterfeiters named Wm. Myers, John Richards, Wm. McMillan, and Samuel Griffith.

They were rounded up in a St. Louis police raid with all of the implements needed for the production of counterfeit coin together with 68 pieces of coin. A considerable amount of raw material for making the coin was on hand, and it was believed that several persons were constantly employed in the coining scheme.

Myers occupied the house that was raided and his principal business had been that of a gunsmith or locksmith.

Source: New York Sun

To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see: DAVE WNUCK'S COIN IMAGE LOGO (

Wayne Homren, Editor

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